Boomkat Product Review:
Overlook makes a pivotal switch to slower, hypnagogic modes as Lucid Dream for UVB-76 Music with results recalling Tropic of Cancer or HTRK if they came from ‘90s Bristol
Track for track, ‘Stonetapes003’ is one of the most impressive about turns we’ve heard in ages. After chasing a D&B muse as Overlook since 2012, Jason Luxton’s metamorphosis into Lucid Dream signifies a major change in direction, not quite leaving D&B entirely, but redressing his style with a new wardrobe of dank post-punk and trip-hop styles much in key with Pessimist’s turn from D&B proper to slower dread vibes with Karim Maas.
A neatly wrong-footing intro of burning arps firstly gives way to ‘Black Tar’, where Manuela Marchis’ plangent vocal channels Camella Lobo over breaks and guitar worthy of prime period Portishead, pursued by the exquisite drizzle and nervy, noirish post-punk steppers push of ‘Doppelgänger’. Locked under his spell, the B-side’s ‘Totemism’ kills us cold with a blend of CUB’s slow techno swang and fiercely depressed jungle breaks, leaving the cinematic aside of ‘Intuition’ and the chest-swelling vision of ‘Hallucinogenics’ to confirm to obvious - this is a f**king deadly plate.
More of this, please.